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Reader Opinion: Learning from the past

In his most recent article on modern presidents, Cal Thomas claims that bills were passed so quickly by Democrats in President Johnson's administration that no one had any idea of what they would cost or how they would be implemented. He adds: "T...

In his most recent article on modern presidents, Cal Thomas claims that bills were passed so quickly by Democrats in President Johnson's administration that no one had any idea of what they would cost or how they would be implemented. He adds: "This is the heart of liberalism. Little consideration is given to whether a program or idea will accomplish it's stated goal." Really? Every major improvement made in achieving the common good in our nation's history has come through progressive thinking and action-abolishing slavery, granting women the right to vote and own property, granting civil rights to racial minorities and freedom to marry whom one chooses to LBGT persons.

In his criticism of Hillary Clinton and President Obama as being spendthrifts, here are the facts:

according to the Office of Managing Director, under Barack Obama's reign federal deficit spending has been reduced by two-thirds! In 2009, it was almost 10 percent of the Gross Domestic Product; in 2014 it was less than 3 percent. That is the fastest deficit decline over a sustained period since World War II and amounts to more than a trillion dollars.

Why do Republicans claim their presidents are fiscally conservative when Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are the only two presidents to lower the deficit in the last 50 years?

Don Utzman

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